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European Lessons for Philippine Athletics

European Lessons for Philippine Athletics

Oct 24 ,2017

Text and Photos: Prof. Airnel T. Abarra– Head Coach Ateneo de Davao University Athletics Team

With Photos From Mr. Ed Leuenberger Jr.

Through our consistent effort to connect and learn with countries with a strong culture in Athletics. We got finally invited by two leading clubs in the Czech Republic and Germany. SSK Vitkovice Athletics Club of Ostrava, Czech Republic. Given us the chance to watch and experience world-class Athletics action of the 55th Golden Spike Ostrava. At the newly refurbished Městský stadion, Vitkovice, Ostrava, the Czech Republic on 20-May-2016. While MTG Mannheim Leichathletik provided us the time and facility to do a 3-day training camp in Michael Hoffman Stadion, Mannheim, Germany on 22-26-May.

Selected Ateneo de Davao University Athletics Team members and their parents. Saw live Olympic and World Record holder Usain Bolt in one of the major events of the IAAF World Challenge.

 

Ateneo de Davao University Athletes with German National Sprinter Alexandra Burghardt.

Spike Tour European Lessons for Philippine Athletics

Few days after Golden Spike Ostrava, Ateneo de Davao Athletics team went to MTG Mannheim Leichathletik (MTG Mannheim Athletics) in Mannheim, Germany. And spent 3 days of training and coaching with one of the leading athletics clubs in Germany. MTG Mannheim is the home of most German National Athletes in Sprints and Field Events. One of them is the star of Team Germany on 100m dash Alexandra Burghardt. Headed by its director and our host Mr. Michael Germann. Provided hands-on information on training sequences and drills especially for young athletes.

European Lessons for Philippine Athletics
European Lessons for Philippine Athletics: Ateneo de Davao University Athletics Community doing the classic “Duterte Fist”. Upon arrival to MTG Mannheim Leichathletik with its head Mr. Michael Germann.
European Lessons for Philippine Athletics
European Lessons for Philippine Athletics: Alexandra Burghardt took a break on her busy Olympic training schedule. To spend time with ADDU Athletes teaching proper warm-up, stretching, and drills.

We know the fact the and difference between the European Union and Philippine Athletics in terms of facilities and other aspects. What thing can we learn from them? We observed the following culture:

European Lessons for Philippine Athletics
European Lessons for Philippine Athletics: We are like VIPs in Golden Spike Ostrava as seen in this kind of shuttle service.

European Lessons for Philippine Athletics: VIP Treatment

Culture of excellence- upon watching Golden Spike Ostrava, they make sure that all things needed for the athletic competition is provided. Upon arriving at the train station, we met a carpool service using high-end cars. Because the organizers of Golden Spike Ostrava has been doing this for 55 times. No wonder they had the support not only of the government. But also private entities because they kept on improving the event.

I remember last year, the media center is in a temporary room near the lower level of the stadium. Now that the media center at a new and better place at the stadium. If only our meets will keep up this character of excellence. It is sure that Athletics will draw more crowds.

Usain Bolt on Parade during the 2016 Golden Spike Ostrava Opening Series.
Usain Bolt on Parade during the 2016 Golden Spike Ostrava Opening Ceremonies.-Photo by: Mr. Ed Leuenberger
Language is not a barrier for these two coaches as they exchanged views related on training.
Language is not a barrier for these two coaches as they exchanged views related on training. Photo by: Mr. Ed Leuenberger

Culture of openness

I’ve seen how accommodating  MTG Mannheim community during our training camp inside their facility. Even there is a language barrier, German National Sprint Coach Valerij Bauer shared his training techniques. Meanwhile, Alexandra Burghardt even the fact she is preparing for Olympic qualifiers, took time to meet us and lead the warm-up and drills of our athletes. On top of this, Michael Germann even he is the head of the MTG Mannheim take care of everything we need to make our stay in the city more comfortable. The hands-on attitude of sports leaders in Germany should be emulated by those leaders who never go down from their “ivory towers”.

The head of MTG Mannheim Leichathletik Michael Germann taking a moment with Ateneo de Davao University Athletes.
The head of MTG Mannheim Leichathletik Michael Germann taking a moment with Ateneo de Davao University Athletes.- Ed Leuenberger

Culture of integrity

In Golden Spike Ostrava, all were given chance to have the official results as soon as possible. In our previous posts, we noted that social media and official websites bearing the real lists, season bests and progression of athletes in the German Athletics Federation website shows that all athletes in the national team including their results are properly documented.

Coach Valerij Bauer and other national coaches are properly distributed in different athletics clubs and results and performances are strictly monitored. Compared with the current system that most national coaches were centered in the capital city.

National coaches in Germany are training in their respective sport clubs where their athletes were and helping the regional growth of other aspiring coaches in their respective communities. This kind of decentralization of national coaches eliminates the possibility of “poaching” and will harness homegrown talents.

Still it takes a community to build a culture in Athletics as seen in this roster of volunteers.
Still, it takes a community to build a culture in Athletics as seen in this roster of volunteers.

Self Funded

To sum up, we went to Europe self-funded and we worked on establishing contacts to our Czech and German counterparts for the past year. The initiative of Blue Knights Track League is our primary basis on how we convince them to link their clubs to the Athletics community of Ateneo de Davao. Besides, during our stay, we integrate, home-stayed, and “CouchSurf” with our host communities.

Through this, we established good faith with our colleagues and Europe and we look forward to building better relationships so that people will come and be convinced that exposing athletes to excellence is a way for them not only to learn new techniques but also proving that raising the culture of Athletics in the Philippines is imperative.

We didn't stayed in posh hotels during our stay in Czech Republic and Germany but instead we relied on our friends doing Couchsurfing (see www.couchsurfing.com). Here's one of them Peter Michalčík from Rokycany, Czech Republic.
We didn’t stay in posh hotels during our stay in the Czech Republic and Germany but instead, we relied on our friends doing Couchsurfing (see www.couchsurfing.com). Here’s one of them
Peter Michalčík from Rokycany, Czech Republic.

Airnel Abarra European Adventures

Nov 13, 2017

www.pinoyathletics.info goes global! IAAF World Series Golden Spike Championships first time covered by PH Media

IAAF World Series Golden Spike Championships

Airnel T. Abarra-Chief correspondent, www.pinoyathletics.info

OSTRAVA,CZECH REPUBLIC. For the first time in Philippine media history. A Filipino will cover live an IAAF global event. As www.pinoyathletics.info, chief correspondent Prof. Abarra is on-site in Czech Republic. To bring in the latest events and views. At the 2015 Zlata Tretra Ostrava (Ostrava Golden Spike) IAAF World Challenge, in Městský stadion on 25-26 May.

Prof. Airnel T. Abarra. The concurrent head coach of the Ateneo de Davao UniversityTrack and Field team. And the main organizer of the Blue Knights Track League. Put all efforts to visit the biggest Athletics event in Czech Republic. Main event of the tournament is the 100m men. With record holder Usain Bolt as one of the participants.

Stay tuned on www.pinoyathletics.info and Facebook.com/pinoyathletics for this once in a lifetime media coverage.

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European Athletics Culture in the Eye of an Atenean Coach

Jun 20, 2015

Prof. Airnel T. Abarra-Head of Ateneo de Davao Track and Field Program and www.pinoyathletics.info Chief Correspondent

 

Note: This is a repost of the article posted in  http://athletics.addu.edu.ph

 

It’s been always said that “experience is the best teacher”. As an educator and coach, it is imperative for us to really learn from different activities and events to further enhance our skills and knowledge. One of the best ways to really learn more and raise your level of excellence is through travel.

Recently, I had a great chance to visit the Czech Republic and Germany to witness the 2015 Golden Spike Ostrava Athletics Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic and Sparkasse Gala in Regensburg, Germany on 26-May and 06-June.

The reason why I did this is in order to observe how competitions in the European Union are done. And what lessons can be learned from them. Through this insight, I will present a few points I’ve observed.

Airnel Abarra European Adventures
01- First taste of Mestsky Stadion-The impeccable venue of the Ostrava Golden Spike Championships

People

When I went to Golden Spike in Ostrava. I see how their human resource works. All facilities have people you can ask to and the secretariat and accreditation desks are manned by competent persons. Who are neatly dressed and very approachable. The fact there is a language barrier. As most of them are not fluent in English. They still try their best to accommodate your concerns.

I have high regard for Ms. Martina Kucerova, the press officer of the 2015 Golden Spike. As she provided me the best treatment as a media/observer even the fact I am not from their country. Media conference rooms are already set-up complete with WiFi and results panel days before the actual competition. Which is way different from my experience in local and national competitions in the Philippines. Where facilities are still being constructed even during the competition proper.

03-The efficiency of the track league is seen in empowered and dynamic volunteers of the local Athletics clubs in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
The efficiency of the Golden Spike Championships. Is seen in the empowered and dynamic volunteers from the local Athletics clubs in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

09-Martina Kucerova, the press officer of the Golden Spike Championships provided me the best treatment as an observer and media practitioner.

09- Martina Kucerova, the press officer of the Golden Spike Championships provided me the best treatment as an observer and media practitioner.

My links in Sparkasse Gala Christian Fuchs (Left) of LeichAthletik.de and Olaf Brockmann sports writer/editor for Kronen Zeitung- Austria’s Largest and most respected newspaper.
My links in Sparkasse Gala Christian Fuchs (Left) of LeichAthletik.de and Olaf Brockmann sports writer/editor for Kronen Zeitung- Austria’s Largest and most respected newspaper.

Another fact that I’ve seen. Is that most people handling the different tasks in the tournament are simply volunteers from their local Athletics club. Compared to competitions that are manned by people who are simply paid. Volunteers are better because they are committed. And have a high sense of responsibility. Because they do the tasks for the love of the game.

It is also noticed that most of the staff are young and well trained in their respective tasks. As expected, all of them are well groomed with proper and neat uniforms. So that they can be easily identified.

04-Close encounter with Usain Bolt, the lead star of the Ostrava Golden Spike Championships
Close encounter with Usain Bolt, the lead star of the Ostrava Golden Spike Championships

Newfound network and friend: Viola Kleiser, currently Austria’s Fastest Woman.
Newfound network and friend: Viola Kleiser, currently Austria’s Fastest Woman.

"06-Still magnificent under restoration the Palatul Culturii (Palace of Culture) was once the palace of Moldavian kings and now the prime jewel of the city of Iasi.

Still magnificent under restoration the Palatul Culturii (Palace of Culture). Was once the palace of Moldavian kings. And now the prime jewel of the city of Iasi.

Looking high at the equestrian statue of Stefan Cel Mare or King Stephen the Great which ruled Moldavia centuries ago.

Looking high at the equestrian statue of Stefan Cel Mare or King Stephen the Great which ruled Moldavia centuries ago.  On the last leg of my Romanian expedition and which is the most important part of the journey, I went to the city of Constanta which is the primary Black Sea port of Romania and where the Ovidius University Constanta which is the venue of the conference is located.

Me with Prof. Cecila Gevat which is the main organizer of the conference.
Me with Prof. Cecila Gevat which is the main organizer of the conference.
With Profs. Diana Gidu (Left) professor in Handball and Prof. Antoanela Oltean professor in Gymnastics.
With Profs. Diana Gidu (Left) professor in Handball and Prof. Antoanela Oltean professor in Gymnastics.
Striking a pose after my research oral presentation with the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport.
Striking a pose after my research oral presentation with the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport.
The serene waters of the Black Sea in Constanta are a sight to behold even at the window of the hotel.
The serene waters of the Black Sea in Constanta are a sight to behold even at the window of the hotel.

My trip really shows that Romania is a country worth to be a land of choice for travelers. There may be some problems along the way such as getting directions etc. Still, you can’t help but some time to sit around at the city center and view its sights as it widens your perspective towards the world.

Constanta
Constanta
Airnel outside the palace
Airnel outside the palace



About the author:

Airnel T. Abarra is a public high school student from San Pablo City, Philippines. Recently he finished MS Human Movement Science at the UP College of Human Kinetics. And presented his thesis at the 13th International Scientific Conference: Perspectives in Physical Education and Sport at the Ovidius University in Constanta, Romania.

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 Airnel Files: Proposal for 2011 EASS Conference Umea, Sweden

I found this on pinoymiler group as i was cleaning up and removing the facebook group. Our

very own Professor 5 years ago.

By Airnel Talatala Abarra on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 9:43pm

airnel-abarra

Hello,

I would like to share my abstract proposal which was accepted for poster presentation for

2011 European Association of Sport Sociology at the University of Umea, Sweden.

 

Still I am looking for funding my travel expenses. Any financial assistance will be highly

appreciated. Based on my knowledge it would be the first that a Filipino graduate student

will present in this kind of academic conference in Human Movement Science. Kindly check

the abstract below for your perusal. Thank you very much.

 

Perceived Difficulty of Physical Education Teachers in Implementing the Music Arts

Physical Education and Health Program in the Division of San Pablo City, Laguna

Philippines

 

In the Philippines, the Physical Education is taught together with Music, Arts, Physical

Education and Health (MAPEH).

 

It was part of the Basic Education Curriculum implemented by the Philippines’ Department

of Education (DepEd) starting school year 2001-2002 and was revised in school year 2010-

2011 using the principle of Understanding by Design. The initial philosophy was to integrate

all four disciplines into one.

 

However, at present most teachers in the field have only the education and training to teach

one discipline but are often required to teach all four subject areas. This study therefore

attempted to identify the perceived difficulties experienced by both public and private

secondary teachers of the MAPEH program.

 

Interviews  are the primary research tool for the study and were used to identify the subjects’

perceived difficulties in teaching MAPEH. Observations of how they taught the subject

using  System for Observing Fitness Instruction Time (SOFIT) were also made.

 

In addition, demographic data such as age, gender, educational background and knowledge

and proficiency in physical activities, as well the application of pedagogical methods was

determined and assessed.

 

Since there are few studies about the effectiveness of the MAPEH program in the

Philippines, as well as little attention from the Philippines’ Department of Education, the

study is significant knowledge as to whether the current  curriculum arrangement is

beneficial or not to students and teachers and how this is influenced by the teachers’

preparation to teach the MAPEH.

 

With the current  alotted time for Physical Education under MAPEH which is one hour per

week, it was seen that students lacked the mastery of skill in a given activity due to the fact

that average teacher-student ratio is 1:50.

 

That’s why motivation for doing sports and physical activity is limited and not  enjoyable .

 

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